A Very Merry 10 Miles
“You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.” – Billy Wilder
Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their day and soaking in all of the holiday cheer!
This morning I started Christmas a little early, with a 10 mile run. This is my last longer run before Disney in 2 WEEKS! I can’t believe the race is coming up so soon!
I woke up at 6:30 and ate my usual pre- run fuel:
I packed up my fuel belt, hopped into my car and headed over to the University of Florida to do a loop around campus. My original plan was to do a 5-mile loop back to my car to rehydrate and fuel up, but I later changed my mind (which I will elaborate on in a minute.)
It was around 7:15 when I arrived on campus. The roads were DEAD! By dead I mean I only passed four cars on the way and they were all police cruisers. Guess no one goes out before the sun on Christmas. 😉
Once I arrived on campus, I made a “hydration station” in my trunk- basically I poured two paper cups of water to make drinking a little easier and quicker for me. As I was doing this a police officer pulled up beside me (uh oh!). He asked me if I was lost to which I politely answered no, but that I was going out for a run. He looked a little taken aback and wished me a Merry Christmas. What, you don’t do a 10 mile run at 7:30 Christmas morning? 😉
I started off on my 5 mile loop around campus. The UF campus is actually pretty hilly, which kicked my butt. During the entire first 5 mile loop I couldn’t seem to get a good tempo and pace. It was pretty frustrating. After the first loop I hydrated and took a GU.
I’ve never had GU on a run before, but I wanted to test it before my race. I know some people who say GU can be rough on their stomach, which concerned me. But I didn’t have any problems! 🙂 The strawberry banana flavor was pretty good! My only issue with the gel (and I figure this will go with any brand) is the texture. I felt like I was swallowing mucus! (Sorry to be gross.) I downed it with a cup of water and took it like a champ. 😉
As I started on my second loop, I decided that I REALLY did not want to go through the entire loop again. At the 4 mile mark of the course, there is a pretty steep hill that is difficult on my knees. So I decided to run 7.5 miles out and then turn around and head back to my car. This proved to be a good decision since my knees started to hurt a little at the 9.5 mile mark. My knees have actually held up pretty good this week and my knee pain has reduced as the day progresses! 🙂
Overall I am pleased with the run. I came in 2 minutes slower than my previous 10 miler but this run had a lot more hills and inclines, whereas my other 10 miler was completely flat.
Splits:Mile 1: 8:12 Mile 2: 8:26 Mile 3: 8:31 Mile 4: 8:36 Mile 5: 9:05 <—GU and rehydration Mile 6: 8:52 Mile 7: 9:10 Mile 8: 9:06 Mile 9: 9:24 Mile 10: 9:07 TOTAL: 1:28:35 (8:51 pace)
Lot’s of 9:00 miles in there which is not like me at all, but I still came in under 90 minutes so I’ll take it. 🙂
After stretching and showering, I made a Christmas inspired breakfast:
- 1 container plain Chobani yogurt
- 1/4 c. multi-grain oats
- 1 T cocoa powder
- 1 crushed mini candy cane
I also had a fruit burrito with blueberries, blackberries, TJ’s Cranberry Apple Butter, and half of a whole wheat wrap.
After breakfast my parents and I opened presents! I had already recieved my two big presents- my Garmin and a food processor, but I got a few smaller, running related items. I’ll share them in the next post. 🙂
The rest of the day has been spent relaxing and eating a small lunch:
A PB and Grilled Banana Sandwich ( 1 slice Ezekiel bread, 1/2 banana, and 2 T TJ’s Peanut Flour mixed with water) with carrots and celery.
Later my parents and I are going to get Chinese food (a family tradition) and then look at the Christmas lights around town!
I hope everyone has had a lovely and blessed Christmas! 🙂